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Editors’ Notes

Sometimes a band comes out with a debut that matches the hype. To Lose My Life is such an album, and White Lies are the real deal. The London trio is so enamored with the cream of the ‘80s English post-punk crop they even signed to Fiction Records, the little imprint home to bands like the Cure and Scottish new wavers the Associates. “Death” confidently opens with a dark and muted bass that pedals high and heavy like Joy Division’s Peter Hook. Cold keyboards waft over the rhythm before singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh comes in with the dramatically gallant inflections of Teardrop Explodes-era Julian Cope. He also recalls the elegant croons of a young Ian McCullough in the chorus of “Unfinished Business,” easily the album’s most memorable song with lyrics that perfectly capture the genre’s burning urgency of emotion:  “You got blood on your hands/ And I know it’s mine, I just need more time/ So get off your low/ Let’s dance like we used to." The title track is especially successful at making music that is simultaneously gloomy, catchy, and danceable.

Customer Reviews


After almost 2 months, this album has finally been released in the US! It's a great album. The music has an almost 80s sound to it. This is topped off with bizarre lyrics, for instance EST, a song about manic depressives committing suicide for fear of electric shock theraphy. Give these guys a chance becuase they are definitely worth it. They are performing To Lose My Life (Track 2) on Letterman on March 24 by the way.

One of the best new bands

It's about time iTunes gave us "To Lose My Life" in the United States. This is an excellent album from start to finish. It is dark and moody as it deals a lot with death, kidnapping, murder, etc. If you like bands like Joy Division, The Cure, and other dark new wave type acts, this album is for you. Standout tracks are: Death, To Lose My Life, Fifty On Our Foreheads, and Unfinished Business.

A dark, poetic masterpiece.

Tight drums, raw vocals, and catchy hooks. My favorite of 2009 thus far. Top track is Fifty on Our Foreheads, but they are all superb. Download this album.


Formed: 2004 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A dark-edged trio hailing from London, White Lies take sonic cues from the likes of Joy Division, the Teardrop Explodes, and Echo & the Bunnymen. Indeed, the three musicians are so committed to the U.K.'s post-punk scene that they signed with Fiction Records, a Polydor imprint best known for its '80s releases by the Cure and the Associates. While attending school in West London, singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh, bassist/lyricist Charles Cave, and drummer/keyboardist Jack Lawrence-Brown formed the group...
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